Biblical Interpretation (MRes)
The MRes programme offers a high quality student experience through a unique programme of study with 60 credits of taught modules within the field of Biblical Studies, with a Dissertation of 120 credits amounting to up to 30,000 words in total.
Have a long and distinguished tradition of specialist teaching in Biblical Studies going back many decades and, today, all our Biblical Studies staff continue to participate nationally and internationally in significant biblical research projects.
The School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies has a vibrant research culture, and MRes students are encouraged to participate in research seminars.
The MRes programme is delivered as a full-time and part-time programme of study, and is also available as distance learning. It looks in its 60 credits taught element to encourage the student to explore in depth a range of topics relating to the Bible, both from historical and contemporary perspectives. All module content is available through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and students will be supported throughout their studies through regular access to their module tutors, either one to one (by email, skype, phone), in groups (using media such as Skype), or via VLE module discussion forums or wikis.
Students will be supported through a variety of mechanisms using technology where appropriate, and particularly through the 120 credit Dissertation part of the programme. An annual residential graduate summer school is held for all students in July where students are able to experience lectures and seminars covering both issues related to generic learning and subject-specific information and to engage with a number of our research students.
Students will choose three modules. Below is an illustrative list of modules available:
- Study Skills for Theology and Religious Studies
- The Bible: Text and Transmission
- The Bible: Contemporary Approaches
- The Book of Genesis
- The Book of Isaiah
- The Gospel of John
- Paul and his Letters
The programme is based upon an established pool of expertise in related concerns, and covers a range of projects undertaken over a number of years:
Staff are research active and regularly attend academic conferences.
Study cutting edge areas of academic interest
The staff expertise represents a considerable bank of knowledge and skills that will underpin this programme and will ensure student experience a high quality educational experience.
In addition Students will benefit from the:
- Opportunity to specialise in the Old Testament or the New Testament
- We have a long and distinguished tradition of specialist teaching in Biblical Studies
- Vibrant research culture
A range of assessment methods are used from essays and short written evaluation, to the creation of publicity flyers, feasibility reports, oral presentations and reflective pieces. The Dissertation is between 25,000 and 30,000 words.
Normally the entry requirement for this programme is a first class or upper second class undergraduate degree. In addition, the School encourages students with an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience to apply.
A non-graduate may also be admitted to candidature provided that she/he has gained a minimum of three years professional experience relevant and appropriate to the programme and they can demonstrate a satisfactory level of writing /analytical skills
The MRes programme equips the student with a range of skills appropriate for a broad variety of posts including teaching and ministry and prepares the student to progress to MPhil / PhD.